USB variations now

Dec 5, 2016 11:36AM PST

I knew sooner or later USB ports would change once again. The whole idea of USB in the 1st place was to be uniform port and part from the various ports already out there in ledgenary form like LPT or COM, etc.. It did clean-up and the OEMs followed along as it made things easier. Now, the USB port itself has changed not only in size and configuration. Overall, it shouldn't cause an issue provided you know you require that type of port because of the device needing it. But, in my techie mind, why not at least keep the familiar USB type-1 and just change the color as known between USB2 and USB3. There's even a variation with the micro USB ports, they change in shape which is also varies from the USB type-1, older squarish shape. Gee, don't you love the thinking that goes into all this and then you're stuck with yet another cable dongle(s) or hunt for it.

I guess this is more of a rant, but I hardly see real improvement here. Yeah, the shape and size matter to get the right one, but dang if you have change the port the device better deliver large benefits and NOT be a lock into some OEM or manufacturers gambit of what should be. Comments?

tada -----Willy Happy

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Actually it's been moving pretty slowly.
Dec 5, 2016 12:04PM PST

And I applaud the phone industry for moving away from a new charger for each phone.

Do you remember when you had to look through dozens of chargers to find yours?
USB mini really helped here.

USB C is to tackle an old design issue. Some call it minor but it's been nice to not have to flip the connector over.

CNET noted some 51,000 TONS of chargers were displaced by the changes.

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Yeah but think all the money...
Dec 5, 2016 12:26PM PST

one can make selling adapter and /or converter.

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